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Infrared readout integrated circuit technology for tactical missile systems
Author(s): Nicholas A. Doudoumopoulos; David J. Gulbransen; J. K. Kojiro; A. E. Cosand; Colin G. Whitney; Richard Wyles; David R. Murphy; Stephen H. Black
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Paper Abstract

The development of the direct injection unit cell architecture with a direct readout has produced several varieties of high-performance large-area staring arrays. These arrays satisfy almost all foreseeable missile applications. The uniformity, noise, and linearity lend themselves to low-complexity, high-performance missile systems. These readout integrated circuits (ROICs) are demonstrated with InSb over a spectral band of 0.5 to 5.5 um with NE(Delta)T of 17 mK under ambient tactical and low-background space conditions. Hybridization of eighteen 128 x 128 ROICs with LWIR HgCdTe resulted in an average NE(Delta)T of 21 mK. The new EPIC substrates yielded high-performance 256 x 256 LWIR HgCdTe capable of withstanding 2000 thermal cycles. The simple interface requirements of the /ST ROIC coupled with the high yield and extremely high operability show promise for future low-cost commercial IR systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1684, Infrared Readout Electronics, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60509
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas A. Doudoumopoulos, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
David J. Gulbransen, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
J. K. Kojiro, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
A. E. Cosand, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
Colin G. Whitney, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
Richard Wyles, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
David R. Murphy, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)
Stephen H. Black, Santa Barbara Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1684:
Infrared Readout Electronics
Eric R. Fossum, Editor(s)

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